FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Red Sox were one of a few teams out to watch Cole Hamels earlier this week. 

The Red Sox are out of contention, and perhaps working out a deal for Hamels is more appealing than resigning Jon Lester to a long-term deal. Hamels is owed $22.5 million/ year, so any team looking to add the southpaw will need deep pockets, and likely a deep farm as well. ANALYST:

Koji Uehara's fastball was back up to the high eighties Monday night after throwing a low-mid 80's fastball during his blown save on Saturday.

Uehara has never been known for his fastball velocity, but it's dipped down to the Mid 80's at times early this season. Saturday, his fastball was particularly slow and he blew a save opportunity, and folks started (rightly or wrongly) connecting the dots. The Koji-on-the-hot-seat talk was probably overblown to begin with, but it's nice to see his velocity back up to where it's been in previous, successful, years.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Yovani Gallardo strike out five, but gave up three runs on three hits alongside three walks as the Rangers lost 3-1 to the Mariners.

In his first season in Texas, Gallardo has now factored in all five starts, dropping to 2-3 after Monday night's loss. He has never been a WHIP machine, usually giving up hits and walks at too high of a rate for his stuff, but Gallardo can still get strikeouts. His five strikeouts Monday night was the fourth time he has reached the mark in the first five games of the season, now with 26 total in 26 2/3 innings. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Fernando Rodney gave up a hit and a walk, but still pitched a scoreless ninth to earn another save in Seattle's 3-1 win over the Rangers.

Rodney ended up facing the winning run in the ninth, but was able to escape with no issues and his fifth save. After two horrible outings, Rodney has six straight appearances with no runs given up, but has allowed a base-runner in his last three games. If the Mariners can get hot, Rodney should see his work increase and hopefully is save total. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Taijuan Walker went seven innings giving up an unearned run on six hits and striking out five in the Mariners' 3-1 win over the Rangers.

Walker delivered for the first time in 2015, as he was roughed up in his first two outings before stablizing in a 5 1/3 inning outing against the Astros. His seven innings of unearned runs helped lower his ERA to 6.86, not a good look still. He was on cruise control for most of the game against the Rangers, throwing only 92 pitches and only allowing one walk. He has the promise to be one of the better younger talents in the game, but needs to control his walks like he did on Monday night and pound the strike zone early and often. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Tyler Matzek exited his start Monday night with a hamstring cramp.

Before exiting, Matzek allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts over five innings to the Diamondbacks. The severity of the injury isn't known, but the initial diagnosis doesn't sound particularly severe. Matzek is 1-0 with 2.40 ERA, 1.53 WHIP start and has emerged as one of the better pitchers on the Rockies' staff.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Jose Reyes has been officially placed on the Disabled List with a cracked rib. Jonathan Diaz will be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding move.

As expected, Reyes is slated for his first trip to the disabled list. He suffered the injury more than a week ago, but apparently it just hasn't gotten much better. Diaz is a 30-year old middle infielder batting .190 in Triple-A, so suffice it to say he won't be much of fantasy commodity while Reyes is out of commission. Ryan Goins is likely to split time with Diaz for the time being.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Carl Crawford exited Monday night's game with tightness in his right side.

It was only a matter of time before the glass-made Crawford cracked in some capacity. It's unknown whether or not he'll need a DL stint to rid him of the tightness, but if he does Scott Van Slyke and Alex Guerrero are likely to fill in for him. Guerrero has been among the hottest hitters in baseball, in a limited role, and would become mixed league relevant if/when he finds himself in the lineup. Don Mattingly, however, doesn't appear to be Guerrero's biggest fan. Let's hope he's not pigeon-holed to pinch-hitting duties.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Manager Bryan Price says Homer Bailey (elbow) certainly won't be pitching for the Reds in the near future. There are rumors out of Cincinnati that he may need Tommy John surgery.

Bailey had offseason surgery to repair a torn flexor mass tendon in his elbow. The current sprain is to his UCL. A sprain can be either a stretching, or slight tearing of a tendon or ligament. "Tear" and "UCL" are often the rhetorical tandem that lead to the phrase "Tommy John Surgery." Prepare yourself for the impending TJS news, fantasy owners.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Steve Cishek gave up three runs on three hits, blowing his second save of the season as the Marlins lost 3-1 to the Mets.

Cishek gave up a three-run homer to Daniel Murphy causing his second blown save of the season after having four straight scoreless appearances. He has only recorded one save, albeit, in a limited amount of opportunities. Cishek continues to be the Marlins closer even though he has an 11.37 ERA with a 1.58 WHIP. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jarred Cosart went eight scoreless innings, walking three and giving up two hits while striking out two as Miami lost 3-1 to New York.

Cosart was stellar, pitching eight innings with just two hits and only having to throw 93 pitches. He has quality starts in 3-of-4 starts this season, giving up one earned run or less in each of those starts. He relies on pitching to his defense with only 12 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings this season, but Cosart has morphed into a good waiver move. He gets another favorable match-up against the Phillies this weekend so if he can be streamed, it's time to jump on the opportunity. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jeurys Familia had a perfect ninth-inning, striking out one as he picked up the save in the Mets' 3-1 win over the Marlins.

Nine straight appearances, nine straight saves for Familia with just two hits in those games. His 0.66 WHIP is fantastic as he is able to limit baserunners and able to get strikeouts every appearance with 13 strikeouts in just 10 2/3 innings. If the Mets continue to win and Familia continues to be dominate, it will be hard to see why he shouldn't be a good closer option in fantasy as well as for the Mets. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Daniel Murphy hit a three-run, game-winning homer to help the Mets beat the Marlins, 3-1.

Murphy went 1-for-4 on the night, but that hit was the main reason why the Mets improved to 15-5 on the young season. He has struggled to start the season, seeing his average drop to a .140 BA with just 12 hits in 69 AB. His injury in Spring Training is probably contributing to his lack of success, so give Murphy some time to be able to pick up the slack in 2015. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jonathan Diaz is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.

Diaz is a career .235/.349/.304 hitter with no speed. At 30-years old, he can't be expected to do much at the big-league level. He'll split time with Ryan Goins at shortstop while Jose Reyes is on the DL with a cracked rib.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

Dillon Gee gave up one run on six hits in 7 2/3 innings as the Mets won 3-1 over the Marlins.

Gee only threw 70 pitches in his start, his second straight quality start. Yet, Gee sits at 0-1 on the season with a 4.26 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. He doesn't strike out too many guys, but if he can keep the ball in the ballpark, Gee has some fantasy value even though it is limited. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jose Reyes is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a rib injury.

Reyes has been dealing with a cracked rib since the first week of the season. He attempted to play through it, but it hasn't gotten significantly better, so he's taking a vacation, to the DL. Reyes was off to a slow start, slashing an uncustomary .250/.267/.304 in 64 PA. It's unknown how long the injury will keep him sidelined.  Analysis: Spencer Silva

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